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Mother of woman hit and killed by cab driver meets witness for first time

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Christine Hammonds was struck and killed by an airport taxi in October. (Credit: Family photo) Christine Hammonds was struck and killed by an airport taxi in October. (Credit: Family photo)
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A mother of a victim killed after being struck by a St. Louis Airport Taxi met those who witnesses the scene for the first time.

"Bless you," said Kevin McCain.

A warm embrace between two complete strangers, forever connected by a fatal crash.

"I just want you to know my heart is broken for you," said Kevin McCain.

Kevin McCain came to Christine Hammonds' aid after she was hit by a St. Louis Airport Taxi while crossing Natural Bridge near the airport in Berkeley on October 22.

She died in the hospital three days later.

"I thought someone had thrown some trash out the window," said McCain. "I took a second look, I said, 'oh my God, that's a body.'"

Wednesday, McCain met with Hammonds' mother, Anita, for the first time at the site of Christine's memorial. He returned some of her belongings left at the scene.

The night of the crash, McCain said he told Berkeley officers that Adam Ahmed, the taxi driver, was speeding with his lights off.

McCain's been waiting since then to hear from police.

"No one said anything to me about anything," said McCain. "I'm waiting on the police or someone (to call)."

"I want this man to pay," said Anita Hammonds. "I want Berkeley to pay."

Nearly four months after her daughter's untimely death, Anita Hammonds has hired a lawyer.

"I don't care who gets sued, I don't care how they feel about it," said Hammonds. "Put yourself in my shoes, that was my only daughter!"

As for Ahmed, St. Louis Airport Taxi tells News 4 he returned to his home country of Somalia seven days after the deadly crash.

"Berkeley let him go, they did not do a (crash) reenactment," said Hammonds. "I doubt they even went and knocked on his door to ask him any more questions."

"I'm tired of crying, I want her to have justice," said Hammonds. "Plain and simple."

As Hammonds considers taking legal action following her daughter's death, News 4 has reached out to the Berkeley Police Department, Berkeley City Manager Debra Irvin and Berkeley Mayor Theodore Hoskins multiple times for answers on the case.

News 4 has yet to hear back from any of them.

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